Summary of Parking Rules, effective Aug. 24, 2013

Approved  July 22, 2013


The intent of these motor vehicle, parking and transportation rules of Cleveland State University (CSU) is to facilitate the work of the students, faculty, staff and campus visitors at CSU. Changes to these rules will be recommended by the Assistant Vice President for Campus Support Services in collaboration with the University Parking Advisory Committee for approval by the University President.


If any motor vehicle found on University property is in violation of traffic laws or rules of the State of Ohio or of the University, the citation will be issued to the member of the University community to whom the car is registered in Parking & Transportation Services. If the vehicle is not registered with the University, the citation will be issued to the legally registered owner of the vehicle according to the state of Ohio or its equivalent.


  1. Parking Registration, Rates and Privileges

    CSU students, faculty, and staff must register with the Department of Parking & Transportation Services in order to park in any University operated parking location.

    Registered patrons may obtain a Pre Paid Parking Credential, which is defined as a token (e.g. hangtag, access card, device etc.) for which the holder has registered and paid the entire cost in advance or has made arrangements for payroll deduction with Parking Services for access to parking lots prior to coming to a CSU parking facility to park.

    Parking credentials are the property of Cleveland State University..

    Registration and possession of a valid parking credential authorizes an individual to park in parking facilities owned and/or operated by the University for which the parking tag permits them access. It does not guarantee the holder a specific parking space unless the credential authorizes use of a reserved parking space.

    A current parking credential must be displayed when entering a parking facility and while the vehicle is parked. Parking rates will be posted in the Parking & Transportation Services office and on the department's website.

    Pre Paid parking tag holders are granted the following privileges, based upon availability:  access to designated parking facilities during regular hours; weekend parking in designated areas; entry into special event parking locations to which the credential allows access without the payment of any additional fee; and access to privately operated parking locations as applicable.

    Visitors to CSU may purchase parking for the published visitor rate in visitor lots and/or for the posted and/or prearranged Special Event rate at designated locations.

  2. Enforcement Authorization

    The Department of Parking Services and its employees are authorized to enforce University Parking Rules by serving notice of the violation on the person or on the vehicle found to be in violation.

    Any notices of violation served will stipulate as to the violation committed, location and time of the violation, and the rights of the person accused of the violation.

  3. Parking for the Disabled

    Disabled parking spaces are provided in all garages on campus and in all surface lots that are located contiguous to a University building. Faculty, staff and students who are holders of State of Ohio disabled placards and a prepaid CSU parking credential may park in CSU designated parking spots within an area for the specific type of parking credential they hold or at designated metered spaces. Both the State disabled placard and the CSU parking credential must be displayed while parked on campus. Visitors who require disabled parking may park in designated spaces in metered parking areas or visitor lots

  4. Paid Special Event and Guest Parking

    Any group arranging an event on campus must contact Parking & Transportation Services in order to make prior arrangements for Special Events Parking. Special event parking is recommended for occasions when visitor parking locations are inadequate, or guaranteed or prepaid parking is desired. In general, events that will bring 20 or more visitors to campus should request reserved prepaid parking or make arrangements for guests to pay for parking on site.

    Special Event Parking. Event planners are encouraged to consider the academic calendar and class schedule when planning events.

    Special Event Parking is defined as parking services which result from or coincide with a major campus event or any event for which Parking Services must take extra measures in order to monitor and control campus parking. Parking may be designated “special event parking” at any time – weekdays, evenings and weekends included.

    Individuals or University departments who wish to pay for visitors and guests to park on campus must contact Parking & Transportation Services to make arrangements. Visitors and guests who do not have prepaid parking will be directed to the parking locations that accept payment by the hour.


A. The Parking Advisory Committee shall make its recommendations to the Vice President that oversees the CSU Parking & Transportation program and be charged with the following:

  • Develops and reviews long-range plans for parking at the University.
  • Recommends strategies to ensure parking accessibility to campus buildings and facilities
  • Recommends parking rates as necessary to support required parking capability.
  • Assists in publicizing parking issues and developments within the University community
  • Reviews Parking Rules and recommends changes for consideration and approval by President
  • Reviews Parking Services’ annual goals and objectives

B. Provides assistance and relevant input to Parking Services for the following:

  • Budget review and recommendations relative to appropriate fees for parking and enforcement
  • Development of procedures that ensure the orderly flow of vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic at the University, while minimizing conditions which unnecessarily impede traffic on campus
  • Development and maintenance of parking facilities
  • Support of the Parking and Traffic Appeals Committee that reviews and acts upon appeals of parking citations from students, faculty, staff and visitors

C. Committee Membership

  • Two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate
  • One Undergraduate student appointed by Student Government Association
  • One Graduate student appointed by Dean of Graduate Studies
  • One Law student appointed by Student Bar Association
  • One student appointed by Campus Support Services
  • One representative of bargaining units’ employees, who is not a faculty member, appointed by the bargaining unit
  • One representative from Management Administrative Staff Association
  • Director of Conference Services or a designee
  • Police Commander or a designee
  • Director of Parking (ex-officio)
  • Assistant Vice President for Campus Support Services or designee – Chair (ex-officio)


A. Violations and Penalties

A vehicle is deemed parked when the vehicle is stationary, whether occupied or not.

The registered holder of the parking credential is responsible for any and all citations issued to that credential number. Fines will be assessed to the permit holder or the owner of any vehicle on University property in violation of the CSU Parking & Transportation Regulations. Any citation issued and not paid or appealed within 21 days of issuance will be considered delinquent and a late fee will be assessed. All appeals must be submitted within 21 days from issuance; after which time appeals will not be accepted. After 60 calendar days, any citation which remains unpaid may be submitted for collection by the University, the State’s Attorney’s Office or an outside agency for collection.

Any current or former student with an unpaid citation will have a hold placed on his/her student status. This hold may prevent the student from registering for the subsequent semester(s) and will prevent the student from obtaining his/her transcripts until the citation and any late fee is paid.

Any individual with an unpaid parking fine will not be permitted to register a vehicle or purchase parking until the fine has been paid.

CSU Parking violations are listed below.  All related parking fines are established by the CSU Board of Trustees.  Tow and impound fees are established by the specific company that is under agreement with CSU to provide such services.

VIOLATIONS [ new violations in red] FINE
Illegal use of, reproducing, altering, or
defacing parking credential or visitor parking receipt

Displaying credential reported lost or stolen

[a] [b] [c]
Illegally parking in disabled parking space area [a] [b]
License plates illegal, obscured, not
No valid CSU parking credential displayed
No daily receipt displayed for Visitor parking
Parking credential not properly displayed
Interfering with access control and security mechanisms [a] [c]
Parking outside permitted areas
Parking at yellow painted curb
Parking in a reserved space
Parking/stopping where prohibited
Parking more than 12” from curb
Blocking driveway
Parking within 30’ of stop sign
Parking within 10’ of fire hydrant
Parking disregarding painted parking space lines
[a] [b]
[a] This violation will result in a fine as established by the CSU Board of Trustees
[b] This violation may result in removal and impound of the vehicle. Vehicle removal and storage is provided by a privately operated company on behalf of Parking Services
[c] This violation may be sanctioned in accordance with Section III.P of the Student Conduct Code (Falsification of Records, Fraud and False Testimony), or criminally prosecuted under Ohio Revised Code.

B. Vehicle Impounding

University Parking & Transportation Services is authorized to remove, immobilize (boot), impound and/or enter motor vehicles on University property at the owner’s expense.

This policy is to ensure that all parking patrons have equal access to the parking facilities with the minimum amount of risk to pedestrians and /or vehicles. Vehicles may be removed, immobilized and impounded in the following instances if such action is deemed appropriate and necessary by Parking & Transportation Services staff and/or CSU Police:

  1. The vehicle constitutes a traffic or safety hazard
  2. The vehicle is illegally parked in a disabled, state vehicle, or reserved space
  3. The amount of unpaid citations recorded for the registered individual exceeds $200.00 (including citations in appeal) [Effective Aug. 1. the citation threshold will be reduced to citation balances exceeding $99.00]
  4. The vehicle displays an altered or counterfeit hangtag or daily visitor receipt
  5. The vehicle is determined to be abandoned, or otherwise considered a derelict vehicle

Vehicle release arrangements will be posted in the Parking Services Office, on the department’s web site and in each parking facility. For release of a vehicle, an individual will be expected to do the following:

  • Payment of all parking fines
  • Payment of tow and storage fees
  • Presentation of valid driver’s license
  • Required to register the vehicle (if the vehicle is not registered)
  • Return of requested CSU permit (if applicable)

In addition, a vehicle may be immobilized for information purposes, which consist of unregistered vehicles, enable face to face communication, security/safety reasons, and/or miscellaneous  operational needs.  Informational immobilizations are not subject to additional (boot) fees.

C. Reproduction or alteration of hangtag or daily receipt

Parking hangtags are the property of Cleveland State University. Any individual found to have reproduced or altered a parking credential is subject to a fine, vehicle impounding, payment of towing and storage fees and may be sanctioned in accordance with Section III.P of the Student Conduct Code (Falsification of Records, Fraud and False Testimony), or criminally prosecuted under the Ohio Revised Code..

D. Appeals

Any individual who wishes to appeal a citation must submit an appeal request (Parking Appeal Form, email letter) to the Parking & Transportation Services office within the established time frame.  See Section V, paragraph A.  Appeal forms will be available in the Parking & Transportation Services office and on the department’s web site.

The Director of Parking & Transportation Services or designee reviews all appeals. The Director has the authority to act upon an appeal based upon the written statements submitted. A decision will be issued within 30 calendar of the date appeal was submitted.  Decisions will be sent via electronic mail to the email address provided on the appeal form or via U.S. Mail if no email address is provided.

The Parking Appeals Committee serves as the appellate body if an individual requests a second appeal review.  The second appeal may include a personal appearance by the individual who will be asked to provide new information not available at the time of the Director’s (or designee’s) review. To ensure appropriate representation, a quorum of any four members must be present to review appeals.

A request for a second or third appeal review must be submitted in writing to the Parking & Transportation Services office within 14 days of the date the first appeal decision was rendered.

The Assistant Vice President for Campus Support Services serves as the appellate to the Committee if an individual requests a third appeal review under the following conditions:  an alleged failure to follow established policies and procedures and/or an alleged failure to meet a general standard of fairness.

The Parking Appeals Committee membership:

  • Two Undergraduate Student & an alternate
  • One Law or Graduate Student & an alternate
  • Two Faculty members
  • Two Staff member &,
  • Director of Parking Services or a designee (ex-officio)